Sialkot, Pakistan's export capital has the highest per capita exports in Pakistan. Three industries dominate Sialkot - Surgical goods, Sports goods, and Leather goods. Sialkot produces over 2000 different surgical instruments for worldwide export. Sialkot was selected to supply footballs for the 1998 World Cup. Sialkot industry holds many lessons for the rest of Pakistan's economy.
The sights and smells of Sialkot are of a different order than lahore's. Horse drawn tongas are in plentiful supply as they ease down thin alleyways purportedly referred to as streets. Sialkot prides itself as the birthplace of Allama Iqbal. The city's pragmatism becomes evident when viewing its industrial area: workshop upon workshop of boys and men, labouring together, making balls, gloves, bats, all sorts of sporting goods. This is a city at work, which moves about briskly in the morning, and closes up early in the evening.
Located 130 kilometers northwest of the provincial capital Lahore, and with a population of about 600,000, Sialkot is in many ways a unique city in Pakistan. A strong export and entrepreneurial culture combined with widespread availability of subcontracting arrangements has resulted in low barriers to entry and a proliferation of small and medium scale enterprises.
Sialkot Photo Gallery